Wil­liam Ten­nent ral­lies past CR North

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele


com Good line­ups can win a ball game with the long ball and small ball. Wil­liam Ten­nent needed a lit­tle bit of both to get by Coun­cil Rock North on Tues­day.

hait­lyn O’Toole’s RBI sDFUL­fiFH fly ZRn LW Ln WKH ERW­tom of the sev­enth, but Ten­nent also got three long balls en route to a 6-5 Sub­ur­ban One National vic­tory. ShowLnJ JULW DIWHU JLvLnJ uS fivH Uuns Ln WKH fiIWK, WKH 3DnWKHUs kept fo­cused and fought back, ty­ing the game at 5-5 in the sixth and win­ning it in the sev­enth. Nikki Alden threw a com­plete game and was in­stru­men­tal to the win.

“CR North is al­ways such great com­pe­ti­tion, it’s al­ways fun to play them,” Ten­nent coach Erika Sch­wan­beck said. “My girls have been play­ing well af­ter a rough start. We have been rid­ing the pos­i­tive train for the last four games. My girls have a lot of heart. My pitcher threw well and we hit well, it’s great to see.”

The game started out as a bat­tle of aces. Alden and CR North starter Han­nah Mum­ber went through three in­nings with­out giv­ing up and run. Mum­ber struck out sevHn RI WKH fiUsW 11 KLWWHUs sKH saw, while Alden al­lowed MusW WKUHH KLWs RvHU KHU fiUsW four in­nings. Both pitch­ers ap­peared in con­trol, but WKH IRuUWK DnG fiIWK EURuJKW trou­ble.

O’Toole stepped up to the dish with one out in the fourth and put a Mum­ber ofIHULnJ RvHU WKH FHnWHU fiHOG wall, putting the Pan­thers up 2-0. Jackie Heim clubbed a dou­ble to left-cen­ter a few bat­ters later to give Ten­nent a 3-0 lead. The way Alden was throw­ing, that ap­peared to be plenty, but CR North had other plans.

The vis­i­tors re­sponded im­me­di­ately a half-in­ning later, WDJJLnJ AOGHn IRU fivH Uuns. Mar­keta hruse knocked in a run with a sin­gle at the front end of the in­ning, but the big blow came from halli Se­gal, whose grand slam to cen­ter gave CR North a 5-3 lead. Af­ter giv­ing up a three­run lead, the Pan­thers could have hung their heads and folded, but that’s just not in their DNA.

Ten­nent slowly chipped away. Alden helped her own cause with a homer in the ERWWRP KDOI RI WKH fiIWK, DnG Whit­ney De­lagol fol­lowed suit with a blast of her own in the sixth to tie the game. AIWHU WKH fivH-Uun Ln­nLnJ, Alden set­tled down and only DOORZHG RnH KLW Ln WKH finDO two in­nings. Reestab­lish­ing com­mand cer­tainly gave the rest of the team a boost and

it was ob­vi­ous in their body lan­guage.

“I al­ways tell them to play their game,” Sch­wan­beck said. “If they do the things they need to do like play small ball and get power hits and play de­fense, I have no rea­son to think we’d do any­thing but win. When they play their game, that’s what hap­pens. They had their in­ten­sity up af­ter they lost the lead and kept bat­tling.”

Af­ter all the power, it was the sim­plest play that brought Ten­nent back to a .500 record. The Pan­thers JRW Ln­fiHld sLnJlHs IrRP Alden and Sara heeny and afWHr a saFrL­fiFH EunW, 2’7RRlH popped the ball up to shal­lRw FHnWHr fiHld, wKLFK brought home the gamewin­ning run. The at­ti­tude of the team and prow­ess at the plate led the Pan­thers to their fourth league win of the sea­son.

“When I came up to the plate, I just thought that I was go­ing to get a hit,” 2’7RRlH saLd. “WH all SlayHd with 100 per­cent in­ten­sity and all our hearts were in it. Ev­ery­one picked each other up af­ter mis­takes. It was an all-around good ef­fort.”

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